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Babies Take Statistics About the Languages They Hear


In order to become literate, babies must acquire language. Dr Patricia Kuhl is the co-director of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences of the University of Washington and well-known for her research on speech sounds and the first critical period in language development with babies.

She says: "We think, by studying how the sounds are learned, we'll have a model for the rest of language, and perhaps for critical periods that may exist in childhood for social, emotional and cognitive development."

Her TED talk is worth watching for literacy professionals in order to better understand how human language input relates to language acquisition.

(Image: Screenshot taken from video. Video with a Creative Commons-licence BY-NC-ND, 6th March 2013.)



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